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January 25, 2005
Phyllis Meadow showed us what passion and intellect can accomplish. She built institutes and buildings. She inspired countless individuals to stretch beyond the limits of their imaginations. Through her leadership, students in New York State can finally earn Masters’ Degrees in psychoanalysis at the Center for Modern Psychoanalysis. Through her writings, therapists can learn the art of working psychoanalytically with the most challenging patients. As a supervisor and teacher, Dr. Meadow helped me discover the power that lies in the knowledge and acceptance of one’s true desire. I miss you, Dr. Meadow, and I take you with me.
January 25, 2005
Dearest Dr. Meadow,
I was told of your wit, love and strength before we met. You were described to me as a woman who is a superb and intuitive guide. I was told you were a leader, teacher, and always vibrantly feminine. At the conference in December 2004, you chose to speak of the imperative force of love in a successful analytic process. Dr. Meadow, I think you knew in your bones what is truly important, lasting and transcendent.
Thank you for creating a school which explores the mysteries and variables of a most fascinating way to live one's life.
January 25, 2005
Phyllis Meadow entered my life more than 30 years ago. She looked into my heart and soul and pointed to the way I could work, love, and achieve a sense of harmonious purpose in my life. She is gone, but she can never be forgotten.
January 24, 2005
Dr. Meadow was one of the most extraordinary women I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Her body of work spits in the face of death. The organizations and programs she created - as well as her magnificent spirit, which she so lovingly shared and which was there for the taking for all of us who internalized a part of her strength and joy and energy - make her truly immortal.One of the last things she told me before I graduated from CMPS was that if I could learn to not fear death, I could live forever. I didn't understand what she meant then. I do now.
January 24, 2005
Her loss is immeasurable. Dr. Meadow inspired all who knew her. Her spirit was contagious, her energy boundless, her contributions are eternal. Dr. Meadow will remain a part of us forever.
January 24, 2005
Dr. Meadow was a gifted teacher, writer, researcher and clinician. Most of all she was a builder who worked with boundless energy to build a community of learners. She had a mind that was astonishing in it’s capacity to synthesize information and use it in the most inventive ways. She worked to understand people and the obstacles they erect to living more freely and fully. Once, Dr. Meadow described for me the experience of growing up in her family where there was an endless procession of people, the house was alive with activity and debate. That was Dr. Meadow. In her lifetime, she built that kind of excitement into her every day and in the process, established two psychoanalytic training programs, BGSP, CMPS and their respective treatment services. She was a pioneer in psychoanalytic education and spearheaded the successful effort to attain recognition for the first Masters degree in psychoanalysis in the country. Dr. Meadow also built a magnificent barn that houses the CZMI Doctoral program. In December in my last faculty meeting with Dr. Meadow, she worked with her usual sharp wit and understanding, in spite of her illness. As we sat in her group room, a carpenter was busy at work renovating the kitchen, tearing down a wall so that more light might flood into the dinning room. That too was Dr. Meadow, always working to let in light and illuminate dark places.
January 23, 2005
Phyllis was our friend and colleague. Her optimism, indomitable will, unerring political instinct, and genius as a psychoanalytic educator cast her as an irreplaceable figure. All who knew her are elevated to higher plane.
We will miss the many times we spent together
January 23, 2005
For years, I observed as Dr. Meadow guided my late wife Carol on intense analytic journeys. When I joined Dr. Meadow on the SMP Board, and participated on international trips and conferences, I had the privilege of experiencing first hand the searing impact of her vitality, her determination, her creativity, and--in our shared experience of widowhood--her humanity. I feel privileged to be one of the great many people whose lives are better for having come under her influence.
January 23, 2005
Dr. Meadow was the most remarkable woman I have ever met. I loved her brilliance, realness and grace. She knew how to touch my soul and mind like no one else. While her death is a tremendous loss, she will always be alive in my heart.

Ursula Brown
January 23, 2005
This world is a little less dynamic with the loss of Phyllis Meadow but she has left a legacy that will never end. Her vision, her vitality, her dedication to the ideals of psychoanlysis and the psychoanalytic process were unsurpassed. She accomplished much in her life but the most significant is the personal contact she made with others and the transmission of her ideals to work for the betterment of the human condition. I have, in these past three decades, worked alongside her and have been touched by the grace, intelligence, fun and fervor that she brought to all she did.
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